An Oxford man was sentenced on Thursday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $30,405 in restitution for tampering with opioids while working as a paramedic with Baptist Ambulance.
According to court documents, Richard Fox Bowen, 35, of Oxford, a former Baptist Ambulance employee, tampered with vials of Morphine and Fentanyl on or around October 2021, and at other times thereafter, while working his shift as a paramedic.
The defendant injected himself with Fentanyl and Morphine from the vials and disguised his theft of the drugs by refilling the vials with saline solution. The defendant acted with reckless disregard by placing the tampered-with vials back into service, which put Baptist Ambulance patients in danger of bodily injury, and under the circumstances, manifested extreme indifference to this risk.
“Our office is committed to protecting the health and safety of our citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “Actions like the ones committed by the defendant place citizens in grave danger of harm and bodily injury and cannot be tolerated.”
The FDA Office of Inspector General investigated the case, working with Priority Ambulance Diversion Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Levy prosecuted the case.